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Westminster, Maryland

McDaniel College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into McDaniel College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
85%
Admission Difficulty for McDaniel College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into McDaniel College and can I get accepted? The school has a 85% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in Maryland for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,392 out of 2,814 applicants were admitted making McDaniel College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. McDaniel College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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McDaniel College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
SAT Scores for McDaniel College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for McDaniel College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1220

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to McDaniel College?

McDaniel College typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Maryland for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

McDaniel College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >91%
1215 to 1300 Avg + 85%-91%
1130 to 1215 Avg - 77%-85%
1045 to 1130 Reach 66%-77%
Less than 1045 Low <66%
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McDaniel College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
29%
ACT Scores for McDaniel College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for McDaniel College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into McDaniel College?

Admission data indicates that McDaniel College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Maryland for highest average ACT composite score. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to McDaniel College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

McDaniel College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >91%
24 to 28 Avg + 85%-91%
21 to 24 Avg - 78%-85%
18 to 21 Reach 70%-78%
Less than 18 Low <70%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.5
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into McDaniel College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at McDaniel College was 3.5 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Maryland for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.5 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as McDaniel College accepts 85% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted McDaniel College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 35% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 10% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

52% of McDaniel College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted McDaniel College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 52%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

McDaniel College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,338 1,476 2,814
Accepted 1,276 1,116 2,392
Acceptance Rate 95% 76% 85%
Enrolled 218 232 450
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 21% 19%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to McDaniel College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

McDaniel College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at McDaniel College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164270 IPEDS survey data for McDaniel College.

Frequently Asked Questions

64% of students submit their SAT scores to McDaniel College. 29% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

85% of those who apply are granted admission to McDaniel College. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1300. 64% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 29% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.